Thursday, May 2, 2019

When Ikea Gives You Oranges, You Make A Dress! [Sew What: Simplicity 8636]



Hey, hey, hey, when life takes you on a journey, you go to @ikeausa and buy oranges! Well orange printed fabric, you get what I mean! I have had this print in my fabric stash for over 2 years so, it was about time to put it to use. I am trying really hard to use fabrics from my stash for the remainder of 2019, instead of purchasing new pieces. But I will put this disclaimer out there, it doesn’t count if someone gives me fabric!

Summer fun awaits this baby-doll dress by Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity #8636. Although there was a lot of gathering for this dress it was such a dream to put together that I made 2 at the same time! (the other dress will debut on the Minerva Craft blog in July…. it’s epic!) This pattern is a great choice for little effort with grand results!! 













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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Street Style: Sequin Pajamas with Stylish Fabrics


Pajamas ain't just for the bedroom anymore! Have you ever considered creating Pajamas that you can wear outside of the bedroom? We've witnessed this style the past few years and  when I was given the opportunity to work with Stylish Fabrics (sponsored) I decided to make it happen.

I used the Carolyn Pajama pattern for this project. I added 3" to the pant length because Mori would be wearing these pants with heels but I ended up removing 2" of the length in the end.  I had to conceal all the seams with bias tape since I was going for the see-through look with this set. Adding the bias tape also stopped any sequins that were in the seams from touching the skin.

This sequin fabric is not thick at all and my Husquvarna Designer Brilliance 80 went through the sequins with ease. You can remove the sequins from the seam area if you do not want to sew over them. This chevron pattern had the sequins stitched in pretty tight so if you have the time then go for it, I just sewed over them.

I chose this Silky Satin Chiffon. I had never worked with this type of fabric before and it was totally the wrong choice for the facing of the pajamas. This fabric is super slinky and shifts its shape with every movement. I had to use a woven interfacing to give it a little structure and it was still hard to maneuver. Keep this type of fabric in mind  for draping.





This look will be featured in the May/June issue of Sewn magazine, 
along with quick tutorial on how I created the clean interior for these pajamas. 
Here's a sneak peek on that photo shoot. 
You can order your copy of the magazine HERE 


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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pssst........did you hear? I'm chatting with the ladies on the "Love To Sew" Podcast!

Stop by and have a listen!!!
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Monday, February 18, 2019

A Little Red Lip DIY


I love a red lipstick! We threw my sister a 50th birthday party and she wanted a painting party at "Painting With a Twist." We had to choose a picture for her guests to paint, we looked through the billion and one paintings that they had and chose this lipstick painting. So I ran with the lipstick theme and found this cute lip & lipstick printed cotton and figured I would make the ladies a cosmetic bag. We also decided to give each lady a wineglass to hold their wine while painting. Well we couldn't just give them any old wine glass. I told Mori she could use the cricut  machine that's just sitting there!  Now up t this point we used the cricut to make one card and I used it for two fabric projects, we hadn't used it for vinyl. Luckily we had a friend come over and make sure we were on the right track. So 14 glasses, 14 cosmetic bags and 14 lunchboxes later, we were ready for a party! 


My sister and everyone who come had a great time! 
Kisses & Red Lipstick!





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Friday, February 15, 2019

A Suit & Tie Story: Snakeskin and Studs a Match Made in Heaven


Hey Peeps! Long time no post! Yes I have been gone for a minute but I'm coming back and I have a plan! Managing the blog, the magazine and a full-time job it taxing to say the least but I have a plan for 2019 and that includes hanging out here with my peeps!

I'm going to start with this fantastic suit that was just featured in Sewn Magazine. I love this suit so much, I can't help but open up the magazine to look at it. These boots were the starting point. I bought these boots back in 2017, I walked into the store and when I saw these I grabbed them up real quick. We did use them before but I was still waiting for that one outfit that would compliment these beauties.

One day I was minding my business shopping online and decided to check Fabric Mart. I almost lost it when I saw this fabric. I ordered 8 yards because I knew that I wanted to make a suit and I wanted a few extra yardage leftover for something else. Now I wasn't sure what I wanted to make for a good long time and so the bots and the fabric sat there on the shelf for  long time.

We were doing a "Women in Suit & Ties" feature in the magazine and I pulled out the fabric, I ordered these 16MM silver studs  for a different project but I knew they would bling this suit out just right. FYI, if you ever get an itch to buy pronged studs this big, be ready to use your hands. I could not find any stud pliers for studs this big so I used a needle nose pliers to bend the prongs. I used over 200 studs, but once I got my groove it went fast.

I used my favorite blazer Simplicity 1421 because I love it and still have yet to find one I love more than this pattern. I paired the blazer with a shirt in the same fabric using Simplicity 1583 and the pants were Simplicity 8749.
The matching bag was an experiment that worked out well, tutorial coming soon!

Until the next post!






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